My next couple of posts may or may not be about food. My sister in law has been home the last few days so I’ve been going backwards and forwards between houses drinking copious amounts of çay while watching and attempting to learn how to make a few different Turkish dishes.
In Mersin most of the meals are simple and grain based so I’ve been cooking a lot of couscous, boreks, pirinç (rice) and the like as well as finishing off the last of the Swedish chard. Daughter loves my sister in law’s kofte (I call them balls) made from couscous and because they are so simple I thought I would take a crack at it myself and you know what? It really was that easy.
To start I made the couscous. I used 3 cay cups of bulgur and 1 cup of warm water and then put it aside. I would say that was the equivalent to 1 metric cup of coucous.
My sister in law’s recipe calls for a couple of large bunches (2) of maydanoz (parsley) and one large bunch of nane (mint). I chopped them up quite finely and then put them aside. I also boiled two potatoes and left them to cool.
I think the important part of the dish is the sauce. A good serving of vegetable oil along with two soğan (onion) kimyon (cumin) for taste, and my mother in law’s chilli paste which we made last spring. Once all are in the pot I left them to simmer for a good 15 minutes. I added sarimsak (garlic) into my recipe (I add garlic into everything). My sister in law was horrified but I don’t think it took away any of the flavour in fact I think it probably made it richer.
Once that sauce has simmered I add the maydanoz and nane and mix it well while it was still on the stove. The aroma was sensational (I think it was adding the garlic). I was feeling pretty good at this point, nothing was going to stop this from being a success.
Now it was down to mixing all the ingredients together. It was hot and messy work and it took some time to ensure that everything did mix sufficiently well. Once mixed I rolled them into balls and threw them on a plate.
I had kept a small amount of the sauce aside and added some chilli powder and put it on top to finish the dish. With a Turkish salad dinner was served.
To finish off this post I just want to say that my father in law (famous or infamous for hating my cooking) ate a huge plate and gave me the two thumbs up. Progress!
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